Multicomponent Polymers of Poly(Lactic Acid) Macromonomers with Methacrylate Terminal and Copolymers of Poly(2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate
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Poly(lactic acid) macromonomers with methacrylate terminal functionality have been synthesized from the cyclic dimer of lactic acid (referred to as lactide) with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) as initiator and stannous 2-ethyl hexanoate as catalyst. The macromonomers were characterized with FT-IR, NMR, GPC, DSC, WAXS, and CD. The molecular weights of the macromonomers ranging from M n 1425 to 19,169 are predictable from the lactide/HEMA ratio in the polymerization feeds. The properties of the macromonomers vary with the stereochemistry of the lactide and the composition. Circular dichroism measurements demonstrate that there is little racemization during polymerization.